The idea when the offseason started was that the Dallas Cowboys needed to convince DeMarcus Ware to take a pay cut so the team could afford some necessary free agents – specifically on the defense. According to ESPN on March 10, the two Dallas Cowboys free agents they could really use back might both end up gone when all is said and done.
With Anthony Spencer injured for almost the entire 2013 NFL season, Dallas hoped they might get him back at a discounted rate. With Jason Hatcher the best defensive lineman on the team for the last two seasons, Dallas hoped to get a chance to re-sign him as well.
However, both men are getting a lot of looks by teams around the NFL. Hatcher is the most in demand after his 11-sack season, a career high. He said when the year completed that he expected to get a big-money deal through free agency and Dallas does not have the money to make that kind of deal.
Spencer underwent microscopic knee surgery last season after playing in only one game. He has to prove that he has recovered from that to get a good deal. There are also the rumors that numerous teams are carefully watching his progress.
If the Dallas Cowboys can convince DeMarcus Ware to take a pay cut and can sign Spencer at a discount based on his injury questions, they can possibly end up with both. Jason Hatcher is not someone they can afford unless they cut Ware and choose not to re-sign Spencer. The question now is whether Hatcher is worth the loss of two defensive line stars.